I love, love, love a good scary movie, especially around Halloween. But sometimes you want to get in the Halloween spirit without the scares—maybe you have little kids around, or maybe you just need a break after watching your favourite slasher flicks one after the next. While many of these less-frightening films are intended for children, or at least a family audience, there’s no reason adults can’t enjoy them, too! These are, in my opinion, some of the best-ever Halloween movies that aren’t scary.
Disclaimer: Of course, “scary” can be subjective! Some of these films definitely have disturbing moments, especially where younger children might be involved. As always, be sure to look into a movie first if you have any concerns!
This was one of my younger sister’s all-time favourites growing up so, while I haven’t seen it in years, I still remember it pretty well! The animation is absolutely stand-out and it turns the classic haunted house story on its head.
A personal favourite! As a kid, I found Coraline, the book, and read it time and again. I don’t even remember where that copy initially came from! But, it solidified my love for Neil Gaiman early on. It took years until I saw the movie adaptation, but I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did.
This is likely on every single list like this that exists on the internet, and for good reason! And, with reports of a sequel in the works for Disney+, there’s no better time for a rewatch.
Nightmare Before Christmas
If Monster House was my sister’s favourite as a kid, Nightmare Before Christmas is her number one choice now! Frankly, she’d watch this one year-round, but it’s perfect for Halloween!
I had favourites growing up, too, of course, and the Halloweentown series was always on the list. It may have had something to do with my crush on Lucas Grabeel and/or my long-time appreciate for the late Debbie Reynolds. That being said, this series is a Halloween must-watch!
Between episodes of the various series and the array of spooky movies, there’s a Scooby Doo option for every Halloween fan!
Casper the Friendly Ghost is the ultimate not-so-scary Halloween figure. Casper Meets Wendy brings the incomparable Hilary Duff into the mix, too!
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
I may or may not add an event to my calendar whenever I find out the airing times/dates for this one each year.
Would you believe that I saw this film for the very first time this year? It’s definitely got some scarier moments for some audiences but, for the most part, it’s goofy enough to keep your spirits up.
Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
I remember having a VHS tape of this one years ago, but I can’t tell you the last time I watched it! I think it might just be a necessity this season.
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
I was never a big Wallace and Gromit fan at its peak popularity, but it’s got enough nostalgia for me now to bring a smile every time I’m reminded of this one!
This is one of the newest on this list and, to be completely honest, I’m not sure I’ve actually seen it all the way through! That being said, its star-studded cast speaks for itself.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
You simply can’t go wrong with Winnie the Pooh! While it’s not from this movie, though, “Heffalumps and Woozles” is a relevant and wonderful song that I can’t not mention.
An absolute classic! Thank you, Gene Wilder.
The Phantom of the Opera
This (and the next few) movies aren’t necessarily Halloween-specific, but they bring a spooky spirit all the same! The 1925 film is a bit scarier than the 2005 version, but the latter boasts Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Patrick Wilson.
Scaring is an important plot point in Monsters Inc., but it isn’t a scary movie.
The Harry Potter films aren’t Halloween-themed per se, and they’re constantly brought up as a Christmas film, too. But it’s a great fit nevertheless! Really, there’s no bad time for a HP movie marathon, right?
What are your favourite Halloween movies that aren’t scary?